Poster Session Detail:
- The posters should be up for the entire session and presenters are encouraged to be at their posters during the full poster session time.
- Posters may be set up in the 30 minutes before the session and must be taken down immediately after the end of the session. Posters left up more than 30 minutes after the end of the poster session will be discarded.
- Poster boards will have a display area of 8 feet wide x 4 feet high. Your poster must fit within these dimensions. Posters will be fixed to boards using push pins supplied onsite.
Some Tips for Effective Poster Presentations
Plan your poster thoroughly
As with any design work, preparation is the key. Decide what information you want to include, the size and orientation of the poster, color scheme, etc. before starting your design.
Less is more
Nobody will be enticed by a poster that is too busy. Using bullet points is a simple and effective way of cutting down on text. You can also cut down on text by using images (such as charts, diagrams, photos, illustrations etc.).
Give your poster structure
You need to give your poster an obvious structure, so that information is read in the intended order. Using columns is an easy way of doing this. Providing large numbers at the top left of each panel can establish the logical flow of information.
Don’t make columns of text too wide
Long lines of text are very difficult to read. By using more columns you will decrease the column widths and your audience will be much happier. (But beware, the opposite is also true, if a line has three or fewer words you should consider changing the font size or column width accordingly).
Use an appropriate font
Body text should be easily legible by someone standing up to 2m away and up to 5m for the main title. Serif fonts (such as Times New Roman or Garamond) are more suitable for body text as it flows better, whereas sans serif fonts (such as Arial or Helvetica) should be used for titles.
Body text should be an absolute minimum of 22pt and the main title should be at least 64pt. (Aim to use around 28pt for body and 80pt for the main title).
Dark colored text on a light background is preferable to light colored text on a dark background. And it is also easier to read text that is aligned to the left than it is to read justified text (however if you need to wrap text around an image, the latter may be neater).
Make your introduction and conclusions clear
To save time, members of your audience may read the introduction and conclusions before deciding whether or not to read the rest. Making these two sections clear and concise will save time.
When choosing your color scheme, you should consider color blindness. By using colors such as red and green together you may be excluding color blind members of your audience.